Create a Wonderful Wedding Week



The countdown is on! When you’re a week out from your wedding, you may feel overwhelmed with last-minute details, and all that pressure can take away from your big day. Instead of a week of worry, plan special pre-wedding events to get the celebration started.


Saturday: 7 days to go

Get outside. It’s tempting to go straight into planning mode, but like studying for a big test, your brain needs a break. Bring along your other half and take a long walk, go for a bike ride, or do something else in the great outdoors to de-stress.




Sunday: 6 days to go

Sunday fun day! Get together with friends and do something special. Head to brunch, go on a winery or brewery tour, or treat yourself with a honeymoon shopping trip.


Wine Tour


Monday: 5 days to go

Give yourself some #MondayMotivation and create a to-do list for the next few days. Every item you cross off will help you feel more accomplished.


Tuesday: 4 days to go

Have lunch with your A-team. With four days to go, you know what issues may pop up on the big day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your bridal party, friends, or family to make sure the wedding goes smoothly.


Wednesday: 3 days to go

Plan an intimate dinner with your spouse-to-be. The next few days are going to be crazy, so enjoy a quiet night at home or a special dinner out, just the two of you.


Couple Dinner

Thursday: 2 days to go

See if a friend or family member wants to host a welcome cocktail hour. Guests will start arriving from out of town, and a welcome party is a great way to thank them for traveling. Just be sure you aren’t the host—no need for added responsibilities!


Wedding Toast


Friday: 1 day to go

It’s rehearsal dinner time. Allow yourself to relax and spend time with your closest friends and family.


Saturday: Wedding Day

Enjoy your day!



Liz Kondik and Jenelle Whipple, Event and Wedding Planners at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Photos provided by Traverse City Tourism and Grand Traverse Resort and Spa





About Liz Kondik, Special Events Manager

Liz has over 300 weddings under her belt and has been in the wedding and event planning business for 10 years, 5 of which have been at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. In 2017, she even had her own dream wedding at the Resort, so she knows the experience firsthand!


About Jenelle Whipple, Event Design Manager

With a graphic design background and a love for the outdoors, Jenelle makes every event memorable. She’s a Traverse City native and has been in the event business for 12 years. She prides herself on creating great relationships with guests and vendors.


About Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is located near Traverse City, MI, along Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. The 900-acre property is one of the Midwest’s finest, year-round resorts featuring nearly 600 guest rooms, 3 championship golf courses, a full-service spa, numerous wedding venues, and upscale dining and shopping. For information about the Resort, visit